The 2017 VI Frog Count begins today
Every year Renata Platenberg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management at the University of the Virgin Islands, spearheads this major frog data collection effort. This project is part of a long-term study on VI frog activity patterns and distribution. Long term, these data will provide valuable information on the status of our frogs, the health of their ecosystems, and their response to climate change.
In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, this year's recordings will be of particular interest.
Innovating Data Collection
Crowdsourcing data collection has impacted this project tremendously. We are no longer limited to the range and amount of data collected by a small pool of trained scientists. Calls for community participation in recent years has resulted in hundreds of submissions from six islands: Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, St John, St. Thomas, Water Island, St. Croix.
Participate in three easy steps
No special skills are needed, just your smartphone:
- With a smartphone's voice memo feature, record two minutes of frog calls.
- Screenshot your phone's GPS or compass to record your location.
- Email both files to firstname.lastname@example.org